The details for November 30, 2016 can be viewed here.
The UTC amateur registration database is here.
HERE are a few mode-specific comments addressing where modes are located now and probably where they are best placed in the future
Operator lists detailing stations that are two-way QSO-capable can be viewed here.
The North American mainland was free of storms containing lightning although a few were active in the Caribbean and western Atlantic. Spotty storms were also present in Europe and the western Pacific remains active particularly across Australia and New Zealand. A few storms were near Japan but not impacting the island as in recent sessions. Aside from incidental neighborhood noises during parts of the evening, it was quiet at my station located in North Texas.
Geomagnetic conditions are quiet to unsettled. The Bz is pointing to the South this morning and solar wind velocities are averaging near 468 km/s, which is up from the previous session. DST values are off of recent highs and have reacted slightly in-step with reported unsettled geomagnetic conditions. The impact of solar wind and the geoeffective coronal hole has been downgraded, for now, according to Solarham.
Propagation was again good last night for the third session in a row although activity did not begin to peak until later in the evening when transcontinental openings were prominent. It was suggested this morning that while the band was good, it was probably not quite as strong as the previous session.
Also notable is that most guys on the air right now have already completed QSO’s with most other stations that are on the air using CW or JT9. If you are camped out on WSPR, think about what it might take for you to complete a QSO with another station. If you think it’s out of your reach, think again! Just two nights ago, K5DOG in central Texas completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7SL in British Columbia and NO3M in Pennsylvania using about 82 mW EIRP. Its not as difficult as you might think if you take care in your station construction and design and stop making excuses about what you can’t do.
Reverse beacon network reports for the session follow:
PSKReporter partial digital distributions follow:
Bill, AA2UK, submitted this JT9 receive transcript from his station located in New Jersey. Bill added that his “…receive antenna is a PAR 6 meter Moxon, for what it’s worth it RX’s better then any of the wire antennas I have. My receiver is an ICOM IC-7410.”
The following stations provided reports of their two-way QSO’s as well as any additional activity that might have occurred during this session (this is not necessarily a complete list – only what was reported!):
Joe, K9MRI, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM, NO3M and new station, W3XY.
Tom, WB4JWM, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR, K5DNL, N9RU and K9MRI.
Bob, K9KFR, completed JT9 QSO’s with WB4JWM and K5DNL.
John,VE7BDQ, completed JT9 QSO’s with VE7VV, NO3M and K5DNL.
Roger, VE7VV, reported “One QSO last night, JT9 with Joe, NU6O, Otherwise no workable stations heard on JT9 other than locals. WSPR decodes were low strength, the 16 of VK4YB were all close to the minimum. Called CQ on JT9 in wee hours – PSK reporter showed only one monitoring station in the west…”
Steve, VE7SL, completed a JT9 QSO with KC3OL for state number seventeen. He also received a reception report from KL7L at 0310z at -22 dB S/N. Unfortunately Laurence was unable to respond to Steve’s CQ remotely. Steve received reports of his signal from VE3CIQ which suggest that a QSO may have occurred but this is unconfirmed. Steve was also received by AA2UK on the East coast.
Ted, KC3OL, completed JT9 QSO’s with WA9CGZ and VE7SL.
John, AE5X, completed a JT9 QSO with KB5NJD. WB4JWM was also calling at the same time a WA9CGZ but it is unknown whether either of these latter two stations actually completed a QSO with John.
John, WA3ETD, completed JT9 QSO’s with WA9CGZ and KB5NJD during the evening and K2BLA this morning Overnight using WSPR, John reported that he was “…hrd by LA2XPA, hrd F5WK and N6GN . 1st T/A this season at 2-3 watts EIRP…“. John indicates that he was using the low noise vertical for receive during this session.
Ken, K5DNL, completed JT9 QSO’s with K9KFR, K9SLQ and VE7BDQ. Using WSPR overnight, he decoded 24 stations and he received reports from 110 unique stations which is a record, including KL7L and thirteen Canadian stations. He shared two-way WSPR DX reports with K9FD (/KH6), VE3CIQ, CF7MM and ZF1EJ.
Al, K2BLA, reported that he “Wkd K9SLQ on CW last nite for new CW QSO. Hrd lots of the “regular crowd” that I have wkd many times before last nite. WSPR: HB 64 and hrd 21. Must be a lot of newcomers my WSPR numbers are very high. Need for them to get on JT-9 or CW so I can make QSO’s.” Al heard my CQ’s this morning on CW, but reported that my “…sig was in and out of the noise for CW maybe later when prop good to SE.” Al also worked WA3ETD using JT9 this morning.
Eric, NO3M, reported JT9 QSO’s with VE7BDQ and WB4JWM. Referencing transmissions by VK4YB’s, Eric reported that he had “…four decodes hr spanning 2 hrs (10:14 – 12:16), best -25 at 11:36z.“
Much of the evening session at KB5NJD was spent in listening mode. I worked WA3ETD and AE5X on JT9 early in the evening session but after dark. The band was open and noise was very low aside from a few episodes where the source, I believe, was local. I received an email reports from an SWL in W4/Alabama indicating that my CQ’s on CW at 2332z were at RST 579 to 589. The morning session was moderately more productive. Reverse beacon network reports from the morning were from VE6 which may explain to some degree why I was not hearing K8TV well. Ken made a number of calls, responding my my CQ’s, but when listening in the proper direction, at best, he was RST 339 and during those calls I never did identify his call sign (was confirmed after the fact on ON4KST chat). Al, K2BLA, noted quite a bit of QSB on my signal which I also noted on K8TV’s signal as the peaks were very intermittent, limiting my ability to identify the signal. The band was very quiet but the path to VK4YB was more northerly as no CW was heard today, which was a departure from yesterday’s session.
Robert, KR7O, reported that this was “…Another good night of JT9 activity including K9FKR, NO3M, K9SLQ and first time receptions of KC3OL and WA9CGZ. K4SV was spotted on JT at 0122Z which is earlier than usual. 17 WSPR spots including TC from W3LPL, K2BLA and K4SV
KL7L – 8 spots, -24
K9FD – 61 spots, -1
VK4YB – 33 spots, -14 (copied for over 3 hours)
I think I have (hopefully) all of the parts ordered for my X2 multiplier and scopematch. The machine work for the G0MRF amp is complete. Hopefully, I can be fully operational and QRO before New Years. ~4W TPO, CW only before that.“
John, W1TAG, was active with WSPR during this session, and offered the following comments and statistics:
“Not as exciting last night. The solar CME evidently missed, but the coronal hole flow has been slowly ramping up the solar wind speed. No effect on Dst readings yet. The best TA prop from here was around 0220Z.
Heard by: F5WK (3x), PA3EGH (1x) and G0LUJ (1x)
Heard: F5WK (4x)“
David, N1DAY reported that he was active with WSPR overnight, decoding 22 stations and receiving reports from 89 unique stations.
Stefan, DK7FC, reported that Martin, YV5MAE, emailed the following WSPR reception reports for this session:
“171130 0206 7 -22 1.1 0.475690 K4SV EM85 37
171130 0208 14 -17 1.0 0.475740 W4BCX EL98 37
171130 0226 5 -26 0.9 0.475791 K5DNL EM15 37
171130 0236 5 -27 1.8 0.475760 AA1A FN42 37
171130 0326 10 -21 1.0 0.475777 ZF1EJ EK99 33“
Joe, NU6O, reported that he decoded ten WSPR stations and received reports from 48 unique stations. He also completed a JT9 QSO with VE7VV.
Jay, KA9CFD, reported that the morning was a bit poor with only one West coast WSPR decode (N6GN). During the evening Jay reported F5WK twice. He also reported JT9 from KC3OL and N9RU this morning.
Ken, SWL/EN61, reported that he decoded 25 WSPR stations from Indiana overnight.
Geoff, G0LUJ, reported that he decoded WSPR from VE3CIQ, W1TAG and AA1A and Opera from VO1NA. Geoff added that “AA1A (wspr) was decoded here last night 64 times between 2230-0736. Good conditions.“
Neil, W0YSE, received JT9 reception reports from K9FD (/KH6) and NO3M during the late evening. Noise was a major factor preventing the completion of a QSO with K9FD. Using WSPR, Neil reported his best night ever, receiving reports from 53 stations, many of which were further than 3000 km away. Neil offered these comments and statistics for the session:
“Out of 53 spotters, here are the most distant.:
I think W8NSA is a new listener for me as well as WA9EIC.
…and I heard these 12 WSPRers : VK4YB (5x, best -27) and AE5X, CF7MM, K4SV, K5DNL, K9FD, KR6LA, N1VF, N6GN, NU6O, VE7CA, W7WKR, which was pretty good considering the noisy night here. Not sure what the QRN is but it seems to span a wide portion of spectrum.”
Mike, WA3TTS, reported that he heard “…28 overnight on 630m. NE EWE early from B4 SS to about 0615 UTC, then NW EWE to past SR, same RX configuration as yesterday (high level MF converter, Butterworth coupled resonator MF filter)….
Best DXVK4YB 1 spot, -27 @ 1038K9FD 14 spots, best -24 @ 1038, min -33 @ 1144F5WK 11 spots, best -22 @ 0518, min -29 @ 2218N6GN 16 spots, best -20 @ 0750, min -27 @ 0650W0YSE 10 spots, best -22 @ 0744, min -27 @ 0914CF7MM 1 spot, -22 @ 0622ZF1EJ 33 spots, best -13 @ 0522, min -26 1026″
John, VK2XGJ, reported that his local sunset was around 0852z with his first WSPR decode of K9FD (/KH6) at 0914z at -30 dB S/N. John indicates that his noise is better than previous sessions but it remains quite noisy in coastal Australia.
Roger, VK4YB, reported that “The forecast is more storms for at least the next few days. Propagation was good but down on yesterday. The path across NA was more northerly with WA3TTS and NO3M/3 reporting. There was high WSPR activity. My 11:36 transmission was reported by 20 DX stations, an all time high. JT9 only got as far as the Alberta twins, and CW failed to make it into the RBN.“
Trans-Atlantic WSPR summary follows:
DH5RAE -> AA1A
K4SV -> F5WK
W3LPL -> LA2XPA
WA3ETD -> LA2XPA
VE3CIQ -> G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1
DK6XY -> N1BUG, KA1R, AA1A
PA0A -> N1BUG, KA1R, AA1A, NO3M/3
PA3ABK/2 -> N1BUG, KA1R, AA1A, NO3M/3
W1TAG -> F5WK, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, PA0O, PA3ABK/2, PA3EGH
F5WK -> N1BUG, KA1R, WA3ETD, AA1A, AB1KW, K3RWR, KA1R, KA9CFD, NO3M, NO3M/3, W1TAG, WA3TTS, VE3CIQ
AA1A -> DH5RAE, DK6UG, DK6XY, DL/PA0EHG, DL0HT, DL1KAI, DL4RAJ, EA2HB, EA8BFK, F1AFJ, F1AFJ/1, F59706, F5WK, G0FCU, G0LUJ, G0LUJ/1, G0MRF, G0VQH, G3WCB, G4ETG, G4ZFQ, G6AVK, G8HUH, GM1OXB, HF7A, LA2XPA, LA3EQ, M0NKA, M0XDK, ON5TA, PA0A, PA0EHG, PA0O, PA0RDT, PA0SLT/2, PA2QXT, PA3ABK/2, PA3EGH, PA7EY
Trans-Pacific WSPR summary follows:
VK4YB -> 7L1RLL4, AA7NM, CF7MM, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL, K9FD, KL7L, KR6LA, KR7O, N6GN, NO3M/3, NU6O, VA7JX, VE6JY, VE6XH, VE7AB, VE7BDQ, VE7CA, VE7SL, VE7VV, W0YSE, W6SFH, W7WKR, WA3TTS, WA6OURKIWI
K9FD -> VK4YB, VK2XGJ, 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL
There were 168 MF WSPR stations reported on the WSPRNet activity page at 0115z. Regional and continental WSPR breakdowns follow:
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported fifteen WSPR stations and he received reports from 69 unique stations. He shared two-way reports with K9FD.
Laurence, KL7L, was hearing JT9 from VE7SL during the evening but due to a configuration issue that was not easy to resolve remotely, Laurence was unable to call Steve. Using WSPR overnight, Laurence reported eight stations and he received reports from eighteen unique stations. He shared two-way reports with K9FD, KR6LA, N6GN, NU6O and W7WKR.
Merv, K9FD (/KH6), started the session on JT9, reporting CQ’s from W0YSE at -25 dB S/N but Merv noted a fade at sunset that occurred before a QSO attempt could be made. Using WSPR overnight, Merv reported nineteen stations. He shared two-way reports with VK4YB and KL7L. Merv received reports from 58 unique stations including 7L1RLL4, JA1NQI/2, JA1PKG, JA3TVF, JE1JDL and VK2XGJ.
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